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November 7, 2005

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New Pants, New Shoes and My Dog Loves Me
By: Dr. Skip Myers
Edgefielddaily.com columnist
web posted November 7, 2005

Each day, our staff has the joyous task of helping our Preschool’s students out of their cars and into the building. It is amazing what you will hear from three and four year olds each morning. Some of the children are morning people and will probably grow up to be that person in your office who comes in each Monday morning carrying muffins for everyone and sporting a bucket full of annoying energy. Others are more like me—they are pulled into the morning kicking and screaming about the injustice of early morning appointments and schedules.

The other morning I was helping a little girl out of her car and she had a grin on her face that forced the sun to shield its eyes. Her shining face awakened my rather blah countenance and I could not help smiling back at her. She proudly announced that she was wearing new pants and that she would get to wear them all day long. When she was greeted at the door by the Director, she immediately repeated with greater enthusiasm the announcement about her new pants.

This burst of joy was followed by a little boy who announced that he was wearing new cowboy boots. As he walked down the sidewalk, he intentionally clicked his heels on the concrete and smiled at the noise his boots made. Our Director shared his joy as he shared with her his new fashionable footwear. 

When I get home each day and I walk through the gate into my backyard, I am greeted by two dogs who act as though they haven’t seen me in years. No matter how tough the day has been their joy and enthusiasm over my arrival brings a renewed glow to my life. They do their little happy dance encircling me with a ring of joy.

I often wonder if as adults we have lost the joy of new pants, new cowboy boots, and the unrestrained joy of just seeing one another again. As we grow up, we somehow feel as though this means we have to age. And it is the aging process that encrusts our souls and makes it harder for us to experience the simple joys of life. These simple joys are some of God’s greatest blessings in our lives. And because they are simple in nature, they are easily overlooked by an overburdened soul.

The simple joys of life that once put a smile on our faces are now taken for granted and absorbed into the quagmire of adulthood. If we could all realize the little joys of life are given by the Lord and that nothing given by the Lord is truly little in nature, then we might just get excited again about a sunset or a pair of new shoes. All of God’s gifts are worthy of “new pants” enthusiasm.

The joy of an enthusiastic life comes from security; knowing that you are ultimately in the care and love of One who will never turn away from you. Given this reality about a relationship with the Lord, we are empowered to enthusiastically pursue life. There is an abundance of joy facing each day knowing it is the Lord's goal to take all things and use them for your good.

John 10:10 is one of the most powerfully uplifting verses in all the Bible. "The thief comes to steal and to kill and destroy; I came that you might have life, and have it abundantly." The thieves in our lives attempt to strip from us the knowledge of the life the Lord offers to those who know Him. 

Whatever is attempting to strip you of your life-enthusiasm, know that it doesn't come from the Lord but rather, the thief. The best way to scare off this thief is the presence of the Lord. In His presence, you will rediscover enthusiasm because He will accept you and love you unconditionally. All you have to do is take the first step in faith.

Join a group for worship. There you will find someone who can show you the way into His presence. You will leave there ready to share with the world your "new pants" enthusiasm, clicking the heels of your new cowboy boots for all the world to hear.

Dr. Myers is Pastor of Smiths Station Baptist Church, Smiths Station Alabama and a former Youth Minister of Sweetwater Baptist Church (1981-1986)
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